The Vanishing Ring Or String

This is a good effect with which to follow either of the above tricks. You use only the string.


Performer ties a single knot in the center of the piece of string, single knot forming a ring. He ties the two ends of the string together four or five times so as to make a rather long knot. Then he tells someone to try to take the ring off the string without untying the ends. After the spectator has failed, magician takes string in hands and asks spectator to take out his own handkerchief and cover performer's hands.

In a moment performer withdraws his hands and shows that ring has vanished from string.


a-- A piece of string—the one you used for cither of the other effects in this lesson.

b-- A borrowed handkerchief. SECRET AND PATTER:

Have string in your hand.

"You saw the ease with which a solid ring escaped from a piece of cord. Now let me show you a similar effect. First, I will make a ring by tying one in the string itself."

Take string and make a single knot to represent ring.

"Now instead of having two gentlemen hold the ends of the string, I will, for convenience sake, just tie them together in this manner."

Tie ends of string together, making five or six knots.

"It would take Houdini himself to escape that tie. Now will someone just try to take the ring off the string without untying the string?"

Give string to spectator, and after he fails to take ring out of string, take string back from him.

"Just as I said, it would take Houdini himself to get away from those ties. Will you, sir, kindly let me have your handkerchief? Throw it over the string and my hands so that they are both covered. Hold it there just a moment."

Spectator should be at side of you so that he does not screen you or the handkerchief from the audience.

As soon as your hands are covered, simply slip fingers into small ring; enlarge it and keep on enlarging it until the knot disappears into the other knots.

All you have really done in disappearing the ring is to tie another knot from the end opposite to the other knots in the string.

SIMPLE! Of course, that is the beauty of it. Ring has disappeared. Bring string out from under handkerchief and show to spectator and audience. Hold string by one end so that audience may have no doubt that ring has gone.

"There, you see the ring has disappeared. A strange thing this magic business."

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